Osaka Castle Park

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Osaka Castle Park Reviews

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Osaka Castle Jun 03, 2014
On my second week in Japan I went to Osaka and had to visit one if its main landmarks, Osaka Castle.

Access to the castle by Rail is fairly easy. Jr trains run a loop line that circles around Osaka and the easiest stop for the castle was Morinomiya Station. I got off at the station and across the street was the entrance to the Castle/Park.

The Castle park is clean and great for walking, especially during warm/cool weather.

There a few different paths around the park but I had familiarized myself first on which path to take and I'd recommend you do the same if visiting as it could mean a long walk in the wrong direction.

The castle itself was very beautifully carved out in the landscape. So many great photo opportunities with the greens of the trees at the forefront of the castle.

There's also a nearby cafe you can sit and take it all in after a nice walk.

To go inside the castle costs 600 yen and you can also wear a Kimono and Helmet inside for an extra 300 yen. Unfortunately I arrived late (last entry is around 4.30pm) so I didn't get to try on the helmet and outfit.

Id recommend to anyone to visit Osaka castle, especially if its your first day in Osaka. It's a nice relaxing way to spend a first day in a big city.
Osaka Castle, Japan
Osaka Castle, Japan
Osaka Castle, Japan
Osaka Castle, Japan
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tlenot tlenot
43 reviews
Osaka Castle Oct 26, 2014
This is probably a must see in Osaka and probably the main attraction. I forget exactly how much it cost but it wasn't expensive at all. The castle is very beautiful and well maintain. There is a lot of tourists but that is expected. There's also a lot of food and souvenirs sold at the place. The castle has been turn into a museum and I think the castle has 7 floors with the 8th floor giving you a view of the city to take pictures. The museum tells you the importance of the castle as it was the place of the last major battle and war for unification of Japan. You could end up spending anywere from 2 to 3 hours if you take the time going through the museum. Would definitely recommend checking it out for first timers.
A far view.
dried side of the moat.
Castle itself.
View from the very top floor.
Toonsarah Toonsarah
533 reviews
Osaka Castle Oct 09, 2013
The first thing to say about Osaka Castle is that it is not as old as it looks to be when you first see it. This is a concrete 1930s copy of the first Osaka Castle, which was built in 1585 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. This was considered the finest in the country and was a powerful symbol of Hideyoshi’s supremacy – it was he who brought an end to the wars of over a century, thus unifying the nation. He was succeeded by his son, Hideyori Toyotomi but the latter was challenged by Ieyasu Tokugawa (Hideyoshi’s former retainer) who, in 1615, vanquished the Toyotomi family and destroyed Osaka Castle. Tokugawa moved the shogunate government to Edo (present-day Tokyo).

In 1620 the castle was rebuilt by the Tokugawa shogunate who held it until 1868, although the main tower was struck by lightning three years before that and destroyed in the ensuing fire. The remaining structures were also destroyed in the battle between the Tokugawa shogunate and the New Government Army. Under the Meiji Restoration the castle precincts were requisitioned and in 1931 the main tower was reconstructed according to the original 16th century design, as it had been under Hideyoshi Toyotomi. It was used as a military base and arsenal, and during World War Two 60,000 workers were employed in the armouries here. It was targeted repeatedly in the bombing raids and badly damaged, with a particularly bad attack on August 14, 1945 destroying 90% of the arsenal and killing 382 people working there.

The main tower was fully repaired in the 1990s, and despite being now made of concrete, externally retains its historic appearance, although inside there are modern touches such as lifts (very helpful in making the eight storey building accessible to all). Meanwhile the 1620s external walls came through these various disasters relatively unscathed and are still today pretty much intact, made out of interlocked granite boulders without mortar.

You can enter the castle precincts without charge and wander the grounds, from where you can get some good photos of the dramatic castle perched high above. To enter the main tower you must pay a fee of 600¥ (adults, October 2013 price). Once inside you are directed to the lifts and must start your visit on the top floor, working your way down by the stairs (though anyone with walking difficulties can ask to use the lifts to descend as well).

The first thing you will want to do on arriving on the top floor is to get outside! You can walk all round the tower and get some great views over Osaka, and also an excellent close-up look at some of the detailing on the castle tower itself, including the gilded shachihoko, sometimes also called orcs – a mythical creature, a fish with the head of a tiger.

Once you have seen your fill of the view you can start to explore the museum, which has a comprehensive collection. On the top-most (seventh) floor, dioramas tell the story of Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s life, and on the fifth there are miniature models of the Summer War of Osaka (in which the castle fell and the reign of the Toyotomi family came to an end) and a folding screen telling the story of the battles fought.

On the fourth and third floors you find various artefacts and models of the castle during different periods. These are the only floors where photography is not allowed – I imagine that they might be concerned at flash damaging some of the more delicate objects. The ‘stars’ of the second floor displays are the full size replicas of one of those golden shachihoko and a fusetora (crouching tiger). There is also an area where you can dress up in a kimono, wear a helmet or try on some armour (all replicas, naturally) and have your photo taken for a small fee as a souvenir of your visit. Note that this is the only floor with toilets – a bit of a drawback when you have to work your way downwards from the top in order!
Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle - roof detail
Osaka Castle - roof detail
Toonsarah says:
This was a weekday David, and not too bad at all. I guess being free (the park that is), it must be a popular outing for local families
Posted on: Jan 21, 2018
davejo says:
It was extremely crowded on Sunday when we visited it
Posted on: Jan 20, 2018
mikethepizzadude mikethep…
15 reviews
Osaka Castle Aug 27, 2009
Osaka Castle is the centrepiece of Osaka's history. It is the most famous old castle/shrine in Osaka, and is a great tourist destination. The castle is beautiful, and I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates the old Asian architecture (however, the castle had to be rebuilt after it was burned down, so it does look a little modern and restored. Nonetheless, it is a great tourist attraction!).

The moat surrounding the castle is also really cool, especially when you think about the invaders who had to cross over it to get to the castle. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Osaka :)
The moat
The castle
The view from the top
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reikunboy reikunboy
48 reviews
Osaka Castle the land of the shogun Jan 29, 2009
Osaka castle is Osaka's most recognised landmark, originally built in 1583 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi as a symbol of his authority and power. After he achieved his goal of unifying Japan, 100,000 workers took three years to construct this castle.

However in 1603, Ieyasu Tokugawa increased in power after the Hideyoshi's death and established the shogunate in Tokyo. There remained a tense relationship between the two families and eventually in the Summer of 1615, the Tokugawa forces consisting of 200,000 soldiers seiged the castle. The castle was destoyed but rebuilt by the Tokugawa forces within 10 years.

The story of Osaka castle doesn't finish here though as it was destroyed once again only 39 years after its reconstruction, not by war but suprisingly by lightning and was left as it was until reconstruction in 1931. Unfortunately the castle is a concrete reproduction of the original.

Inside the castle exhibits Toyotomi's memorabillia, as well as displays relating to the history of the castle. Entrance to the castle is 600 yen, but the exhibition offers little interest to foreigners so its probably not worth the entrance fee but definately come here to look at the picturesque castle
castle and its reflection on the p…
osaka castle
first glance of the castle
the moat with its surrounding wall

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